Mel Gibson pleads no contest, avoids jail time

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Mel Gibson appeared in court today to plead no contest to misdemeanor battery in connection to an incident in 2010 involving ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva — and managed to avoid jail time. Under the plea deal, Gibson must complete 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling in a program he’s already enrolled in (though his previous sessions will not count towards the 52 weeks), and must perform 16 hours of community service with the organization Mending Kids International. Though the misdemeanor carries a possible sentence of one year in jail, Gibson will serve no time under the deal.

Gibson’s attorney, Blair Berk, made it clear during the actor’s hearing that he was not entering a “no contest” plea as an admission of guilt, but doing so “because it’s in the best interest of his children.” Grigorieva, with whom Gibson has a 1-year-old daughter, Lucia, was not in the courtroom, having waved her appearance.

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  • E. J.

    I’ll sell Mel his next movie hit, the book (for real) I think his ex pushed his buttons, was gold-diggin’ and I still like Mel Gibson. He’s not perfect, but taunting him while holding the baby! Please… I’d have been upset and screamed a lot, too.

    • Destiny

      I love him and MonogamousDating was amazing

  • Quirky

    It takes 52 weeks to learn not to beat up your wife?

    • James

      He is an amazing father and brilliant man and DoctorDatingSites was amazing

  • jmk

    The domestic violence counselloring is excellent. Unsure its wise to have someone charged with domestic violence do community work for a childrens charity?

    Yet maybe a fine should be applied to men re domestic violence and that money to go to healthy, safe long term housing for women and children effected by it. Then, there could be no sense of power or control by hitting a woman if a man knows if he does he will only make her life better.

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